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US Export Prices Firmed Relative to Foreign Competitors Over Last Week

South Korea will ban imports of US Poultry

South America’s crop size continues to balloon as FC Stone released its projections on Brazil. They peg the soybean crop at 109.1 MMT vs 104.1 in February. While they see a small drop in the 2nd season crop at 61.3 MMT vs 61.6 previously, they boost the 1st season crop to 32.0 vs 29.9 previously.


South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong have limited imports of US poultry after the US detected its first case this year of avian flu on a commercial chicken farm. South Korea will ban imports of U.S. poultry and eggs after a strain of H7 bird flu virus was confirmed on Sunday at a chicken farm in Tennessee. So far this year South Korea has shipped in nearly 1,049 tonnes of U.S. eggs, according to ministry data, accounting for more than 98 percent of its total egg imports as of March 3.


Overnight a South Korea feed manufacturer bought 60,000 MT of US corn. Iraq is purportedly in the market for wheat and is seeking it from the United States, Canada or Australia.


US export prices firmed relative to foreign competitors over the last week. Brazilian soybean prices fell $ a Mt on the week relative to US prices.






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Export spreads represent a foreign country price minus US price

at export destinations, in USD per metric ton.  A higher spread indicates

the foreign price has risen relative to US prices, making the foreign country less

competitive and the US more competitive.


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March 06, 2017 | Kevin McNew | Views: 234
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Grains In Positive Territory to Start the Week

In Outside Markets, Crude Oil drifts Lower

Grains were in positive territory to start the week led by wheat. In outside markets, crude oil and the US dollar drifted lower.


Australia's 2017/18 wheat crop is expected to fall 32% from the previous season, according to ABARES govt forecast, as seasonal conditions turn drier, pushing yields to average levels. Farmers there are expected to harvest 23.98 MMT of wheat next season down from a record 35.13 MMT in 2016/17. Acreage planted in April is expected to be off only 1% but dry conditions expected from a re-surging El Nino in the next  months are expected to push yields to a three-year low.  


Heavy rain has hampered road transport towards northern ports in Brazil. But, estimates continue to grow on the overall size of the Brazilian bean crop. Traders look for an upward revision in the USDA monthly to 106 MMT up from 104 previously.


South Texas saw some decent rains over the weekend bringing 1 to 3 inches of precipitation. Combined with previous rains over the past week it should be adequate for improved spring field work and early planting. Meanwhile OK/KS saw no real precipitation over the weekend. The next 7 days looks dry with weather patterns favoring locations to the East in AR/MO & S IL.

Crude oil softened overnight as US oil rig counts continued to rise. The number rose 609, the highest since October 2015 and the seventh straight week rig numbers have risen. Also weighing on trade is data last week showing Russia's February oil output was unchanged from January at 11.11 million barrels per day (bpd), giving doubt on Russia's moves to rein in output as part of a pact with oil producers last year.


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US Dollar Index Erodes Overnight

Grains were mixed overnight heading into the morning break

Grains were mixed overnight heading into the morning break. In outside markets, the US Dollar index eroded overnight while crude oil tried to bounce higher after sharp losses on Tuesday.


In Brazil, at least 11 ships are facing delays loading beans at some northern ports as rained out roads have stalled truck deliveries from Mato Grasso. Road work has begun to help the stalled truckers as several thousand trucks have reportedly been stranded on unpaved, rain damaged roads.

Growing conditions in Argentina's main soy belt were helped over the previous seven days by showers in areas that had suffered from a lack of ground moisture, the Buenos Aires Grains exchange said on Thursday in its weekly crop report. Rain in the central and southern agricultural area improved moisture levels in southeast Buenos Aires, where conditions had been overly dry during the last month the report said.  The exchange kept its estimate for the recently planted 2016/17 soybean crop unchanged at 54.8 million tonnes.

Russia is considering exporting part of its 4 MMT state grain stockpile to free up storage space before the new crop arrives, industry sources said.  Russia's storage capacity is buckling after the country harvested a record grain crop of 121 MMT in 2016, with prospects for this year also looking favorable.


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US Dollar Continues to Climb

USDA's January Soy Crush Released Yesterday

Grains softened overnight after two days of heft advances. In outside markets, the US Dollar hit its highest mark since Jan 11 while crude oil put in a one-month low.


After the close yesterday, USDA’s January soy crush was 170.6 MB, slightly better than expected of 169.3 MB. Year-to-date crush for the marketing year is up 3.3% over last year which would imply the remainder of the year needs to hit 1.6% to reach USDA’s estimate. In light of SA competition and weak soymeal demand the USDA forecast seems appropriate.


The European Commission forecast that usable soft wheat production in the 28-country European Union would reach 143.0 MMT in 2017/18, up 6.5% from 134.3 MMT in 16/17. In its first projections for the next cereal crop season, the Commission forecast that EU soft wheat exports would rise to 28.9 MMT in 2017/18 from an expected 24.0 MMT in 2016/17. Weekly export sales this morning were mostly disappointing. Both old- and new-crop corn were below expectations. Wheat and soybeans were within expectations but new-crop were below expectations.


Weekly Export Sales-

                            Actual         Expected

Wheat - OC             353             300-500

Wheat - NC              99              100-300

Corn - OC               692              700-900

Corn - NC                20               150-350

Soybeans-OC         427               300-500

Soybeans-NC             0                  0-200


The US Dollar continues to climb as Fed Watchers put a higher probability on a Fed rate hike in March. The jobs report slated for tomorrow morning will be widely watched for indications on the economy’s health.


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US Dollar Hits a 7-Week High on Wednesday

India is likely to impose an import tax of 25% on wheat

Grains continued their rally into Wednesday finding more buying strength overnight.


Yesterday’s action was spurred by rumors of a White House executive order that would allow E15 gasoline to be sold more easily during summertime months as well as a potential biodiesel credit to be reinstated and limit methyl ester from Argentina. However, by mid-day the White House denied any such action was in play leaving the soy market up 15 but 20-below its high of the day and corn off 12 from its high.


Overnight, Japan has said they will tap into 330,000 MT of corn from emergency stockpiles after inventories fell to critically low levels due to a delay in shipments from the United States. Overnight Egypt has said they have enough locked-in wheat supplies to cover their needs for the next 4 months due to recent buying activity, including a 535,000 MT deal on Monday. India is likely to impose an import tax of 25% on wheat, reinstating the tariff after a gap of nearly three months following big purchases from overseas in recent months.


Brazil saw scattered showers overnight. Southern & Western Brazil could see more rains in mid-March which could be detrimental, but overall yield potential continues favorable. The US  HRW belt sees no change in its dry outlook for the first week of March.

The dollar hit a seven-week high on Wednesday on hopes the U.S. Federal Reserve would lift rates this month, after hawkish comments from two of its top officials overshadowed U.S. President Donald Trump's first major policy speech to Congress.


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